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If we go up... 12:06 - May 1 with 3035 viewsvilanovablue

Is Jack Clarke from Sunderland a player we could consider or is he too far out of reach?
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If we go up... on 12:09 - May 1 with 2727 viewsAsa

Would imagine the top end Championship players in the £5m - £15m bracket is exactly where we'd look.

Jack Clarke, Rodon, Sheaf, Simms (could double their money quickly), Walker-Peters, Downes, Armstrong, Szmodics (although he hates us - money talks), even Sara (how funny would that be).
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If we go up... on 12:15 - May 1 with 2668 viewsGavTWTD

If we go up... on 12:09 - May 1 by Asa

Would imagine the top end Championship players in the £5m - £15m bracket is exactly where we'd look.

Jack Clarke, Rodon, Sheaf, Simms (could double their money quickly), Walker-Peters, Downes, Armstrong, Szmodics (although he hates us - money talks), even Sara (how funny would that be).
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Szmodics doesn't hate us does he? Whittaker does certainly.

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If we go up... on 12:27 - May 1 with 2573 viewsWacko

My realistic / relatively affordable signings would be:

Ronnie Edwards
Tommy Conway
Downes
Sakamoto
Liam Miller

(some not all)

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If we go up... on 12:35 - May 1 with 2472 viewsBlueandTruesince82

Think there would be too much competition for Clarke.

Creswell is out of contract, could he come in to provide some experience and solid cover for Leif?

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If we go up... on 12:45 - May 1 with 2382 viewsFrimleyBlue

Will be an interesting summer window. Think we'll see a continuation of some youngish potentials but also we will need some tried and tested prem players, think it has to be done.

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If we go up... on 12:57 - May 1 with 2273 viewsjoepublic

IF we go up.
Maybe(pure guesswork) a RB and cover at LB
1 x athletic CM's to challenge SM and ML
At least one CB
A Striker who closes down like a demon and adds depth to the 10 role.
GK if Walton moves on.
Not sure about wingers, as if we can keep OH and plan to keep JS then possibly we will not see these positions as critical but frankly who knows.

If they see the right deal they will probably surprise us all.

3 purchases(top end champ) and 3 loans with good prem experience.

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If we go up... on 12:58 - May 1 with 2248 viewsLeoMuff

If we go up... on 12:27 - May 1 by Wacko

My realistic / relatively affordable signings would be:

Ronnie Edwards
Tommy Conway
Downes
Sakamoto
Liam Miller

(some not all)


Harrison Burrows for Leif cover ? I think Downes would be a very good in our set up, if he doesn’t have PTSD from his Cook experience

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If we go up... on 13:02 - May 1 with 2200 viewsITFCBlues

I think Clarke would be too pricey. He'd cost 20m +?

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If we go up... on 13:05 - May 1 with 2172 viewsOliverFJWard

Let's just go up first, yeah?
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If we go up... on 13:09 - May 1 with 2126 viewsburnbudgiesburn

You wonder what our recruitment will look like should we see this over the line on Saturday.

We'll be favourites to be relegated before a ball is kicked, I imagine it will be difficult to convince premier league players to join initially. You wonder if we start looking at overseas markets, something we haven't done yet.

Probably easier to persuade players in other countries to join, flipside of that you don't get the loyalty/camaradarie that comes from a tight knit squad if the worst happens next season. eg the Gnonto nonsense at Leeds early season.
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If we go up... on 13:26 - May 1 with 2026 views_clive_baker_

If we go up... on 13:09 - May 1 by burnbudgiesburn

You wonder what our recruitment will look like should we see this over the line on Saturday.

We'll be favourites to be relegated before a ball is kicked, I imagine it will be difficult to convince premier league players to join initially. You wonder if we start looking at overseas markets, something we haven't done yet.

Probably easier to persuade players in other countries to join, flipside of that you don't get the loyalty/camaradarie that comes from a tight knit squad if the worst happens next season. eg the Gnonto nonsense at Leeds early season.


Its going to be a tough balance as the other consideration is around planning sustainably if we went down again. Obviously parachute payments are designed to support with that, but if players want 3+ year deals then its a risk that needs careful planning.

Ultimately I think the general approach shouldn't change too much, spending fees on younger players who we think we can improve and will increase in value. We'll presumably also look for some experienced pro's who perhaps come at a lower up front cost and shorter deals. Like Barkley at Luton for example, he's had a good season for them.

Specifically I wouldn't be surprised if we go back in for Philogene from Hull. They paid £5.5m for him and would probably want double that now, but he would meet the criteria for sure. Hutchinson is another one, I wouldn't be surprised if we try and do a permanent deal for him but again you're probably looking at £10m. Dare I say it I would think Josh Sargent will be on the move if Norwich don't go up, he's only 24 and has PL experience. When we spend significant funds I still think it'll be players with potential resale value.

We'll have plenty of wiggle room squad wise as I would think the likes of Aluko will hang his boots up. Ball, Jackson, Donacien, Ahadme, Camara, Ladapo, El Miz will presumably all go. Harness too perhaps. Then there's the 4 or 5 loanees we've got who go back. Humphreys will likely go out on loan, maybe Al-Hamadi too if we strengthen up front. Although a few premier league goals for him will do wonders to his resale value given he's so young.

I think we'll see some movement in the keeper department with a new #1 coming in as harsh as it sounds on Hladky.
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If we go up... on 13:30 - May 1 with 1982 viewsburnbudgiesburn

If we go up... on 13:26 - May 1 by _clive_baker_

Its going to be a tough balance as the other consideration is around planning sustainably if we went down again. Obviously parachute payments are designed to support with that, but if players want 3+ year deals then its a risk that needs careful planning.

Ultimately I think the general approach shouldn't change too much, spending fees on younger players who we think we can improve and will increase in value. We'll presumably also look for some experienced pro's who perhaps come at a lower up front cost and shorter deals. Like Barkley at Luton for example, he's had a good season for them.

Specifically I wouldn't be surprised if we go back in for Philogene from Hull. They paid £5.5m for him and would probably want double that now, but he would meet the criteria for sure. Hutchinson is another one, I wouldn't be surprised if we try and do a permanent deal for him but again you're probably looking at £10m. Dare I say it I would think Josh Sargent will be on the move if Norwich don't go up, he's only 24 and has PL experience. When we spend significant funds I still think it'll be players with potential resale value.

We'll have plenty of wiggle room squad wise as I would think the likes of Aluko will hang his boots up. Ball, Jackson, Donacien, Ahadme, Camara, Ladapo, El Miz will presumably all go. Harness too perhaps. Then there's the 4 or 5 loanees we've got who go back. Humphreys will likely go out on loan, maybe Al-Hamadi too if we strengthen up front. Although a few premier league goals for him will do wonders to his resale value given he's so young.

I think we'll see some movement in the keeper department with a new #1 coming in as harsh as it sounds on Hladky.


Generally agree.

It would not shock me to see Kayden Jackson retained as a squad player though, McKenna really likes him.
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If we go up... on 13:34 - May 1 with 1952 viewsCheltenham_Blue

If we go up... on 12:35 - May 1 by BlueandTruesince82

Think there would be too much competition for Clarke.

Creswell is out of contract, could he come in to provide some experience and solid cover for Leif?


Some Premier League experience will definitely come into the thinking.

Cresswell isn't a bad shout, but I suspect we'll be fishing in the former Premier League clubs that are down in the Championship. Nodge, WBA, Southampton or Leeds.

Wouldn't be surprised to see someone like Marc Bola come in and provide real competition for Leif.

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If we go up... on 13:43 - May 1 with 1872 viewsZx1988

If we go up... on 13:09 - May 1 by burnbudgiesburn

You wonder what our recruitment will look like should we see this over the line on Saturday.

We'll be favourites to be relegated before a ball is kicked, I imagine it will be difficult to convince premier league players to join initially. You wonder if we start looking at overseas markets, something we haven't done yet.

Probably easier to persuade players in other countries to join, flipside of that you don't get the loyalty/camaradarie that comes from a tight knit squad if the worst happens next season. eg the Gnonto nonsense at Leeds early season.


With the overseas markets, I wonder if that's one area where being ahead of schedule (maybe even by two seasons, based on last night's comments) could prove to be a bit of a hindrance.

We've not got (as far as I know) any significant foreign scouting setup, and I would imagine that would have been a priority over the next one or two seasons in preparation for Premier League recruitment.

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If we go up... on 14:03 - May 1 with 1735 views_clive_baker_

If we go up... on 13:30 - May 1 by burnbudgiesburn

Generally agree.

It would not shock me to see Kayden Jackson retained as a squad player though, McKenna really likes him.


Yeah he obviously does trust him. That's one thing that's so remarkable about McKenna, he clearly has such a level of trust in all his players. Happy to put Ball on a right back a few weeks ago when we've barely seen him since Christmas. Last night, pretty much a 'cup final' in terms of its importance and happy again to use Jackson as he has plenty this season, or put Humphreys on the bench. An element of needs must but McKenna clearly does trust these guys.

Its a tough balance as what's got us here won't get us there, and squad places and finances are finite, so it's players like Jackson and Harness I think that might be tougher calls to make. Equally McKenna will want to retain the spirit and benefit from the momentum which could be lost if too much is changed too soon.
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If we go up... on 14:04 - May 1 with 1722 viewscressi

If we go up... on 13:43 - May 1 by Zx1988

With the overseas markets, I wonder if that's one area where being ahead of schedule (maybe even by two seasons, based on last night's comments) could prove to be a bit of a hindrance.

We've not got (as far as I know) any significant foreign scouting setup, and I would imagine that would have been a priority over the next one or two seasons in preparation for Premier League recruitment.


Let's not get ahead ourselves a big game that we need to get a result from if we do let's see who comes up through play offs and see who's relegated as I'm sure there will be players in that group we may look at. Be a dream to go on holiday this summer knowing we are a premier league club and our make on everyone's lips again.
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If we go up... on 14:08 - May 1 with 1676 viewsDanTheMan

If we go up... on 13:05 - May 1 by OliverFJWard

Let's just go up first, yeah?


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If we go up... on 14:10 - May 1 with 1642 viewssohamblue74

I would happily take any of the following
Aribo from Saints
Mehmeti from Brizzle
Greaves from Hull
Poveda from Leeds (Owls loanee)
Some Dutch midfielders for old times sake
Batistuta obvs

Some of those are probably not realistic!
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If we go up... on 14:13 - May 1 with 1604 viewsStu_boy

If we go up... on 12:09 - May 1 by Asa

Would imagine the top end Championship players in the £5m - £15m bracket is exactly where we'd look.

Jack Clarke, Rodon, Sheaf, Simms (could double their money quickly), Walker-Peters, Downes, Armstrong, Szmodics (although he hates us - money talks), even Sara (how funny would that be).
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Sara is reportedly valued at £30 mil and there is zero chance that lot would even contemplate selling him to us even if we offered double that which we wouldn't
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If we go up... on 14:21 - May 1 with 1518 views_clive_baker_

If we go up... on 14:13 - May 1 by Stu_boy

Sara is reportedly valued at £30 mil and there is zero chance that lot would even contemplate selling him to us even if we offered double that which we wouldn't


They'll sell him to the highest bidder.

Not that I would want him at anything close to that sort of money to be fair.
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If we go up... on 15:35 - May 1 with 1280 viewshunty21

It's always been about buying for a price where their value could increase in future that rules out Mos ex ipswich players like mings Cresswell , at end of day we will have to still keep our money tighter then people think I would love to see us get edwards from Peterborough
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If we go up... on 15:49 - May 1 with 1206 viewsbaxterbasics

One of Rowe, Sargeant or Sara from them lot? Would be funny.

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If we go up... on 17:20 - May 1 with 1066 viewsstrikalite

Jay Dasilva from Cov, think he's absolute quality..
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If we go up... on 17:21 - May 1 with 1060 viewspeterleeblue

Jack Clarke would be a super signing.
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If we go up... on 17:40 - May 1 with 1004 viewsIPSWICHINIO

Downes would be an excellent signing. I would love for us to go for Liam Delap, lots of potential there and I can't see him costing too much
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